Columbia citizens committee to inform voters about sewer bond proposal

Thursday, September 19, 2013 | 4:32 p.m. CDT; updated 4:13 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob McDavid on Tuesday announced a 20-person citizens committee to help inform voters about the sewer bond issue on the November ballot.

The committee's first meeting will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the conference room of the Daniel Boone City Building. The committee will be chaired by Matt Williams. 

The committee's goal is to inform voters about the 18 proposed improvements the city said would make the sewer system more reliable, improve waste collection and meet federal environmental requirements, according to a news release.

Planned improvements include improving inflow and infiltration systems, sewer and manhole repair, extending sewer lines, and eliminating waste-water treatment facilities that discharge into creeks.

The special election on Nov. 5 will ask Columbia residents to approve a $32.3 million bond issue to pay for sewer infrastructure projects across the city. The Columbia City Council approved the special election in August.

If approved, the bond issue would result in a monthly increase for Columbia sewer customers. The repayment will require increases of 6 percent in fiscal year 2015, 5 percent in fiscal year 2017 and 1 percent in fiscal year 2019. That would amount to an average monthly increase of $3, according to council documents.

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